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DVD to MKV

MKV, known as Matroska, aims to become the standard of multimedia container formats. It is in particular possible to fulfill functions of chapter, create menus, make research in the file, select a sound source or choose a subtitle. Because MKV is close to DVD in video quality, MKV is becoming increasingly popular. For these reasons, many movie fans are strongly willing to rip and convert DVD to MKV format as a backup.

Best DVD to MKV Converter Software

MacX DVD Ripper Pro comes as the best solution for you to convert DVD to MKV format. This all-in-one DVD ripper software can help you copy DVD Mac regardless of any copy protection from Disney, Sony, Warner, Paramount and more, and straightly rip and convert new DVD releases to MKV format on Mac in simple clicks. The conversion process is fast without any quality loss. With MacX DVD Ripper Pro, you can make MKV files from DVD like a cork.

Reasons for DVD to MKV Conversion Using MacX DVD Ripper Pro

1. MKV Preserves Complete Movie Content (Audio, Video and Subtitles)
One of the main advantages of ripping DVD to MKV rather than MP4, AVI or WMV is that MKV holds unlimited number of video, audio, subtitle tracks and metadata. To be exactly, by ripping DVD to MKV format, you can get the entire movie with sound, subtitle tracks, thumbmail, along with menus and chapter structure, into one single MKV file. See MKV vs MP4, MKV vs AVI

2. MKV Maximizes the Video/Audio Quality
MKV supports virtually any audio/video format, including MPEG1, MPEG2, H263, MPEG4, H264, WMV, FLAC, Ogg, Speex, and more, attributing to the EBML foundation of the MKV format. Accordingly, all the video and audio contents are packed into MKV file without en-decoding when you copy DVD to Mac in MKV file. Thus you will retain the lossless quality at a shortened processing time.

3. Easily Play MKV on PC and Media Player
Due to the factor that MKV is open source, it is widely supported by media players, like VLC and MPlayer. Besides, Windows Media Player can play MKV on Mac provided the codec packs are installed. In addition, WDTV Live Plus, PopCorn Hour A210 and other HDD media players support playing MKV file as well.

4. Add Subtitles into MKV Movies
MKV is a container format more flexible that any other formats like MP4, MOV, AVI and more. It supports soft subtitles, which means you can remove audio tracks and subtitles from MKV in case of unneeded subs in DVD. Besides, you can add srt subtitles to MKV, extract video stream for compression and remux it into MKV video.

5. Ripping DVD to MKV can remove DVD protections
Out of antipiracy purpose, DVD publishers put complicated copy protections on disc with the aim to prevent the content from being copied for commercial use. In case the protected discs, common DVD ripper software will crash while converting DVD to MKV format. But by taking advantages of MacX DVD Ripper Pro, the unique and powerful DVD ripper for Mac, you can smoothly rip DVD to MKV format as it supports decrypting any DVD with CSS encryption, RCE scheme, Sony ARccOS protection or Disney X-project protection.

How to Free Rip DVD to MKV on Mac with DVD to MKV Converter for Mac?

How to convert DVD to MKV directly using MacX DVD Ripper Pro? Follow this step by step tutorial, you can convert DVD to MKV files flawlessly and quickly using the versatile while easy-to-use DVD to MKV converter on Mac or Windows computer.

Rip DVD to MKV

Step 1: Free download free DVD to MKV converter on your Mac, install and run it. Click "DVD Disc" button to import the DVD file after you insert the DVD. You can also load DVD Video_TS folder to MKV conversion by clicking "Path" button.

Step 2: Select the output video you desire. Here we choose "Backup full title to MKV" as the output format in case you want to.

Step 3: Specify output folder on your computer to save the output files. Click the "Browse" button to choose the path where you want to save the output files in.

Step 4: After finishing the above steps, click the "RUN" button to start DVD to MKV conversion on Mac, you could view the conversion progress and are able to cancel the converting process at anytime.

Note: Besides DVD to MKV conversion, MacX DVD Ripper Pro also allows you to convert DVD to MP4, H.264, MOV, FLV, MPEG, AVI, QT(QuickTime) with high quality video/audio. The New-DVD-Backup feature let you copy DVD to single video file with original video quality and 5.1-channles AC3/DTS Dolby audio.

MacX DVD Ripper Pro works perfectly on Mac OS. For Windows user, you can free download windows version MacX DVD Ripper Pro for Windows.

Option 1: Rip DVD to MKV with DVDFab and Handbrake

MacX DVD Ripper Pro is able to backup DVD to MKV with a more manageable size of under 1.5GB. You can also shrink the DVD size in MKV format using DVDFab and Handbrake, which are considered to be a more complicated process, though. Just follow the steps to free rip DVD to MKV as below.

1. Free download and install DVDFab for DVD decryption. Or use Handbrake rip DVD to MKV after download and install it on Mac computer.
2. Pop in the DVD, after you open the DVDFab, it will analyzes the disc within 30 seconds, relying on the speed of your DVD drive.
3. Select the dropdown, DVD5 for the smallest size or DVD9. Change the Volume Label to a name you want. Hit Start button to begin DVD decrypting.
4. Find the VOB files you just ripped and import it into Handbrake by hitting the Source tab.
5. Choose MKV as the output format under the Output Settings. Handbrake will convert VOB to MKV file in over 2 GB. You can tweak the aspect ratio, audio quality, subtitles and more just like those in MacX DVD Ripper Pro.
6. Start converting to MKV file by hitting the Start button.

Note: The time for DVD to MKV ripping process depends on the DVD size, quality settings and hardware settings. Test shows MacX DVD Ripper Pro rips DVD to MKV within 20 minutes only on the Intel Core 5 computer with 8GB of RAM. While it takes 45 minutes in total using DVDFab and Handbrake as the latter is relatively complicated.

Optional 2: Using MakeMKV to Convert DVD to MKV

MakeMKV has been favored by many editors for its easiness in DVD to MKV ripping. It is regarded as a two-click DVD decrypting and ripping tool. You just pop in the disc you want to rip, click the DVD icon and hit Make MKV. Just 30 minutes later, you can get the high-definition MKV video and play it on many media players. It is available for you to rip chapters and edit the video with its advanced features. Generally, the default settings are recommended in case you are not versed in DVD ripping.

Verdict: No matter which DVD to MKV converter for Mac you will take, it does rip DVDs to MKV without any hassle. And if you wanna enjoy your DVD movies on mobile devices, you can turn to MacX MediaTrans to import DVD movies from Mac to iPhone iPad despite of the available or unavailable video formats.

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MacX DVD Ripper Pro is able to painlessly copy and rip DVD to MKV, AVI, MP4, MOV, FLV, WMV, etc fast and losslessly for playback on iPhone iPad Android.

• Rip protected DVDs: Support class and new DVDs with Disney Fake, Sony ARccOS, CSS, Region Code, etc.
• DVD backup: Copy DVDs to ISO image or a single MPEG-2 file; Copy animated movie DVD to MKV with high quality. 5 minutes only to copy a DVd.
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